Shana Tabak

Practitioner in Residence, International Human Rights Clinic

Office: Room 409
Phone: 202-274-4313
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Shana Tabak is a Practitioner-in-Residence with the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Prior to joining WCL, she taught at George Washington Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic where she was a Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Friedman Fellow. Previously, she clerked for H.E. Bernardo Sepúlveda-Amor at the International Court of Justice.

Shana has worked with numerous human rights organizations in Latin America and the Middle East, including Human Rights First in New York, and Gisha: Legal Center for Freedom of Movement in Israel. Her immigration and refugee experience includes work with immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence at the Tahirih Justice Center in Washington, DC, and on behalf of Iraqi refugees with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, and with the law firm Foley Hoag. She currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Encounter, an organization dedicated to conflict transformation in the Middle East. Shana was a Fulbright Scholar in Bolivia, where she conducted independent research on migration, human rights and development.

Shana’s research focuses on human rights, gender, immigrant and refugee rights, and public international law. She has published with the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, the Georgetown Journal of International Law, and has spoken on transitional justice and gender at Oxford University.



Areas of Specialization

  • Gender and the Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International Human Rights

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., Macalester College (magna cum laude)

  • Selected Publications

    • Shana Tabak, Armed Conflict and the Inter-American System of Human Rights: Application or Interpretation of International Humanitarian Law, in Applying International Humanitarian Law in Judicial and Quasi Judicial Bodies: International and Domestic Aspects (T.M.C. Asser Press forthcoming).
    • Shana Tabak & Rachel Levitan, LGBTI Migrants in Immigration Detention, 37 Harvard J.L. & Gender 1 (2014).
    • Shana Tabak, False Dichotomies of Transitional Justice: Gender, Conflict and Combatants in Colombia, 44 N.Y.U. J. Intl. L. & Pol. 44 (2011).
    • Shana Tabak, Article 124, War Crimes, and the Development of the Rome Statute, 40 Geo. J. Intl. L. 1069 (2009).
    • Shana Tabak, Una Cruzada de Cien Años, J. del Centro de Estudios y Económicas, La Universidad de San Simon (Spring 2004).